The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) may soon begin research on “ancient Indian history based on Sanskrit texts” and “revisiting the theme of “Aryan immigration into India”, while also studying “new approaches to writing ancient Indian history”.
ICHR is an autonomous organisation under the aegis of the Human Resource Development Ministry. According to the minutes of its research projects committee, held on April 28-29, the chairperson Y Sudershan Rao specifically read out a proposal, among many others, that the council has received from the Sanskrit Department of Delhi University proposing research on “ancient Indian history based on Sanskrit texts and revisiting the theme of Aryan immigration into India”, suggesting a sub-committee be set up to study these proposals. The meeting was attended by eight members, including member secretary, Gopinath Ravindran.
Among other broad topics of research the ICHR may take up is one on “New approaches to writing ancient Indian history: From the earliest times to the Mauryan period”. As per the minutes, Ravindran seemed to disagree with the broad nature of research themes being discussed, suggesting that instead of “general themes and large questions being topics of research, more focused themes should be taken up so that the projects could be completed in two years…”
The sub-committee that will be constituted will prepare a “work report on the feasibility and modalities of the projects” based on proposals, placing its reports before the next meeting of the parent committee.
The committee decided on five tentative titles to refer to the sub-committee after detailed proposals are received.
Besides the one on new approaches to writing ancient Indian history, the others included “A comprehensive history of science and technology from ancient times to 18th century”.